A very wet morning but all the horses returned warm and well and have been enjoying the wind-fallen apples from the orchard.

We have entries at Huntingdon and Hereford next week with Totterdown, Western Storm and Timetobenefit entered up.  It will be interesting to see what the ground is like following the rains.

There appears to be lots of feedback following the research we were involved in concerning the colours of racecourse jumps.  All at Adlestrop were delighted to help with the research and we look forward to seeing the results of further trials.

Although the results have only just been published, interestingly we painted our schooling fences white this summer as it visually appeared that the horses jumped this colour obstacles better.

The horse profiles today for the Five to Follow Competition are:

FERMAIN BAY

Fermain Bay is a fine looking four-year-old and a half brother to five winners, purchased in the summer. He has grown significantly since we purchased him and has had a wind operation this autumn.

He is doing some educational cantering at present and looks a lovely prospect for the future once strengthening.

GOLDEN DEAL

Having been purchased from the Breeze Up sales, Golden Deal showed promise as a two-year-old before being put away to mature further.

She has strengthened over the summer and will run on the all-weather this winter.  Now stronger, hopefully she will settle better in her races.  She has a workable handicap mark and we look forward to her making up for lost time.

IRON HORSE

This handsome seven-year-old has shown promise in a bumper and novice hurdle before disappointing in his last race at Warwick, when not travelling and jumping with his usual fluency.  Following a summer break, he has strengthened up and hopefully will be competing in novice hurdles.  He has the size and scope of a chaser and may well turn to chasing at some stage this season.